UO Releases New COVID-19 Security Dashboard Online
The University of Oregon has released an update COVID-19 Security Dashboard with information on current UO employee and student vaccination rates, positive cases and campus COVID-19 risk assessment using the latest scientific data.
The new dashboard has been updated to reflect that all deadlines for UO students, staff and faculty to get a full immunization or request an exemption have passed. It also provides additional information that OU leaders use to monitor and assess COVID-19 risk levels as part of the comprehensive, layered approach to protecting the campus and the community.
Over 95 percent of faculty and staff and 96 percent of students are fully immunized. The less than 5% of employees and students who have requested exemptions must perform weekly testing to help prevent the spread of the virus.
The path to compliance was straightforward. Students had to either upload their vaccination card or request an exemption for a medical or non-medical reason, such as religion, philosophy or some other belief.
“We are delighted that the vast majority, over 95% of students, faculty and staff, have complied and grateful that so many community members on our campus have chosen to be fully immunized to protect themselves and the children. others, âsaid Andre Le Duc, Resilience Manager and Partner. vice-president.
High vaccination rates and an overview of the number of cases on campus are highlighted on the OU’s updated COVID-19 security dashboard which launched on October 5. Case counts include on and off campus students and all employees who have been on campus during the transferability period.
Positive and suspected cases are identified by OUs Monitoring and evaluation program or by a public health body. Vaccination requirement and testing are two of many multi-tiered COVID-19 strategies the OU uses to create a safe environment on campus.
To assess the university’s readiness to deal with COVID-19 and the overall risk level, the OU participates in a 76-point risk assessment. The OpenSmartEdu COVID-19 Planning and Self-Assessment Tool was developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and Tuscany Strategy Consulting.
Designed to guide colleges and universities, the tool provides a third-party assessment of the university’s core risk readiness, strategy impact, and overall risk. Self-assessments were completed for the combined UO Eugene and Oregon Institute of Marine Biology campuses, as well as the Portland campus.
The revised results of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security self-assessment calculator in 2021 indicate that the OU is very prepared to deal with COVID-19 and has a very low overall risk of the spread of COVID-19. Even slight changes in the self-report responses would have a big impact. Full self-assessment and results can be viewed on OUs coronavirus website.
âThe OpenSmartEdu assessment is a very useful tool for assessing large amounts of information, scientific data and public health recommendations,â said Le Duc. âThe tool provides a bridge between the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Oregon Health Authority and local public health authorities and the results of mitigation and prevention strategies. He says our layered approach and things like required vaccines and masks have a big impact. “
By displaying the dashboard and risk assessment, the UO hopes to assure the campus and the surrounding community that the university is using best practices and current scientific data to meet its commitment to protect public health. .